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Kale – super food

In case you missed it –  1 Oct was officially National Kale Day

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Kale growing in our garden amidst the poppies

 

poached-eggKale growing in our garden amidst the poppies

We feed thehard outer leaves to the chickens and find that the egg yolks are very yellow – I always feel I need to explain to guests that these are eggs from chickens fed on Kale and Spinach leaves. For nutritional value you can google kale and come up with a million sources of information – and if there is any doubt regarding the properties of kale as superfood – take a look these eggs: the ones on the left are store bought organic large eggs – the ones on the right are from our hens!

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My daughter’s Dutch friend Anneke told us that Kale freezes well and actually tastes sweeter after being exposed to cold – which means that we now pick the leaves and leave them in the fridge before we use them. You can wrap the leaves in a moistened kitchen towel before you pop it into the fridge and you’ll find that it stays fresh for days.  The Dutch  use it  in a traditional winter dish called stamppot boerenkool, which is a mix of kale and mashed potatoes, sometimes with fried bits of bacon added to it.

Kale  can be classified by leaf type:

 

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Curly-leaved

Plain-leaved

Rape kale (we saw large fields of these in New Zealand, where it is used for animal feed)
Leaf and spear (a cross between curly-leaved and plain-leaved kale)
Cavolo nero (also known as black cabbage)

 

 

Try this delicious Smoothie recipe:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 1 cup cucumber
Instructions
  1. combine ingredients in blender and blend.
  2. why not give each guest s  a shot glass of this bright green health drink to start their day!

curly-kale

 

 

 

Philda Benkenstein
benkenstein@mweb.co.za
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